June 10, 2006
Addison & Steve waiting and waiting for the film to process...
Would it be done in time? ...more
"The Forgotten City" -Realty Documentary
I figure it, this film a "Reality Documentary." We hope
this hard hitting truthful unflinching documentary that will start
a dialog for change in our world."
-Stephen Powell, Editor: The Forgotten City
Its 2:39 am the day of the showing and we have just now finally
made the first copy of the film, so it is officially "in the
can." What this means is that we have sold 1200 tickets for
the screening and until this moment we had no film to bring to the
theatre 18-hours from now.
just celebrated with completion of our film with Adidison (the Director)
and Karima by drinking my favorite beverage (a wonderful Hoegaarden
with is on-tap at a local pub JP Bullfeathers in Buffalo).
we left Cincinnati at 4AM for Buffalo as time ran out and still
no final output for the theater. We sold 1200 tickets for the screening
and no film!!!!!
myself and Adam busted our asses 22hrs a day for four-days to process
the finished project. We got the sound processed in Pro-Tools in
Adams studio. Then ventured into the land of technical difficulties.
We had to head to get back to buffalo with no film in hand and no
guarantees any of this would work... 8-hours of drive time with
this on our heads.
of the visiting producers asked us why we were not fighting, we
said to what end would that get this in the can? Despite the stress
we all kept it cool. To hell with the Stanley Cup playoffs or the
Super Bowl, we had our own problems! It was overtime -time for the
field goal kick.
Yes!!!! keep breathing, just focus on task NOTHING else. No time
for "what if", or worry. Must keep on task. Drive 8-hours
refusing to wonder if it will be in the can on time... show is next
morning and still no film in the can. 82-minutes of finished product.
A blockbuster the first reality documentary ever made.We had 1200
people waiting to see it. All 3-network local stations have crew
on the way for event. Addison's crew has been on TV nonstop all
week. Constant phone calls as to whats up, where can I get tickets.
Oprah's people call, American Black Film Channel calls, HBO/Black
American film festival wants their tape dub for screening. Adam
borrows a dual processor G5 to help render the film. Tech errors
he brings in $15,000 beta deck borrowed from a good friend to try
another approach still no result. G4 processor cannot handle the
task of massive datstream required to print to tape function. Needs
sustained 20mB sec rate, we have 3.
Adams studio at 400 am -no movie. We drive straight through from
Cincinnati to Buffalo through the dawn and fog, no sleep. Get to
Buffalo day before the show and return rental car. return home and
try the last and final processor render of a 47 gB file for output
to mpeg2 compression. Get short sleep,set alarm wake every 90min
to check process status. 9 hours later processor spits out final
MPEG2 file for burning to disc. Burn disc it WORKS!!!!! Houston
we have contact!
finally got the film in he can at 0239AM the day of screening! -the
kick is up and.... ITS GOOD!!!
completed, went to local bar with Producer/Director Addison Henderson
and Karima for a celebratory beer. Get to JP Bullfeathers bar and
sit down. Stare at taps for a good beer, my eyes fall on Hoegaarden!!!!!!!!!!
sun is up and I must sleep! Three theaters sold out for tomorrow.
Pics to follow!
night, Steve Powell